15 Totally Weird Olympic Facts

    July 31, 2012 at 5:30 am

    1. There are several events where men can compete against women: Sailing and equestrian

    2. Skeet shooting used to be coed, but this practice was halted in 1992 after a woman won the gold medal

    3. Bangladesh, the 8th-most populated country in the world, has never won an Olympic medal

    4. The last time the Olympics was held in London, 390 of the 4,104 competitors were women

    5. In the 2008 Beijing Olympics, 4,746 of the 11,196 athletes were women

    6. For the first time in history, the U.S. sent more female athletes to the Olympics than men

    7. For the right to televise the 1948 Olympics, a fee equal to $3000 was paid

    8. For the right to televise the 2012 Games, N.B.C. paid about $2 billion

    9. Abebe Bikila became the first black person to win the marathon, in 1960. He wore no shoes for the race

    10. No Caucasian (meaning: honky) athlete has ever run the Olympic 100-meter-dash in under 10 seconds

    11. Gold medals are mainly silver with gold plating

    12. In 1900 the French gave out paintings instead of gold medals. That Olympics generally sucked

    13. In 1896, the Greeks fielded a 10-year-old Olympic athlete. Needless to say, he was a gymnast

    14. Married women could not watch the Ancient Olympics, because the competitors were nude

    15. Single women were free to spectate, making the Ancient Olympics the equivalent of a modern-day male strip club

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